Keller Reminds Residents of New Birth Certificate Requirement for U.S. Passports

Rep. Fred Keller (R-85) would like to remind residents that the U.S. Department of State has changed its policy on birth certificates being used for passport applications.


The U.S. Department of State has made it mandatory for the full names of an applicant’s parent or parents to be listed on ALL certified birth certificates for passport applicants, regardless of age.  This is commonly referred to as the long-form birth certificate.  Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship.


In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable:


·         Full name of the applicant.

·         Date of birth.

·         Place of birth.

·         Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority.

·         Registrar’s signature.

·         The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year).


For all other reasons a certified copy of a birth certificate is needed (school, Social Security, housing, employment, etc.), the short-form birth certificate is still acceptable and a legitimate document. The long-form birth certificate is only needed for passports/travel.


Due to increased volume of requests for certified birth certificates, applications are currently taking four to six weeks to be processed.


Applications for a certified copy of a birth record are available by contacting Representative Keller’s office at (570) 966-0052, or by visiting his website at


State Representative Fred Keller
85th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Contact:  Joshua Zimmerman
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